Outside Lands Leaves Parting Gift for City


An Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival partner is donating 40  trees to help offset the environmental impacts of the festival and to help  replace what was lost in a rash of tree vandalism in July that mostly  occurred in Golden Gate Park, according to park officials.
Elton Pon, a Recreation and Parks Department spokesman, said that  between mid-May and July 23 at least 45 trees were felled or damaged in five  separate incidents.

 On July 21, 15 young elms and one sycamore were cut down in the  Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, Pon said. The saplings appeared to have  been sliced clean through with some kind of saw, he said.

The elms were valued at $500 each.

"The wanton destruction of trees in Golden Gate Park was  disheartening to all San Franciscans and to park lovers everywhere," said  executive director of the San Francisco Parks Trust, Karen Kidwell, in a  prepared statement.

The Trust and Friends of the Urban Forest have funded a $2,000  reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or  people responsible.

"We are thankful to Chase Freedom for their kindness and  generosity and look forward to a rejuvenated Music Concourse area when these  beautiful new London Planes are planted and our historic fountains are turned  on later this summer," San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General  Manager Phil Ginsburg said in a prepared statement.

Chase is also providing financial support for four years of  specialized care and maintenance for the trees.

Chase Freedom, a credit card company and Outside Lands partner,  will present the donation to park officials at the two-day long music  festival at 12:30 p.m. today. The donation ceremony will be followed by a  special presentation by artist Janelle Monae at 5 p.m. today in the "Chase  Freedom Lounge."


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